Ask Sid: 2021 BC Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards

October 27th, 2021
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Question: I know you just judged the 2021 British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards and wondered what your thoughts were on the results?

Answer: Well the results speak for themselves. Your scribe has many positive thoughts about the organization of the judging and the results but perhaps 3 main ones would be:

  1. The overall quality of BC wines is much improved. So many deserve your consideration. Liked the change this year to eliminate Bronze medals and just award only the very best wines from 90 wineries with Silver, Gold and Platinum.
  2. Impressed with Wine of the Year 2018 Tantalus Vineyards Old Vines Riesling. Congrats. If given a list of the 800+ wines in the competition beforehand and asked to pick the winner just from knowledge and reputation without a blind tasting this always outstanding wine would have been right there. IMHO this choice is also recognition for improving BC Rieslings as well as the excellent tasting abilities of the 14 judges (yours truly excluded).
  3. A popular successful variety with many entries was Pinot Noir with the most Platinum awards of three. Amazing that all went to Spearhead Winery for their 2019 Cuvee, Golden Retreat, and Saddle Block bottlings. What a fantastic endorsement for Winemaker Grant Stanley and his whole Spearhead team for such quality consistency across vineyards with this variety.

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October 27th, 2021

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